Herman spent two years of his spare time--he’s an architect at the Cambridge, Massachusetts, firm Ellenzweig--and made close to a hundred prototypes in the process of refining the folding design he calls Compleat. The construction is simple: The body and two integrated flaps are composed of a single piece of paper; the body is glued to the circular base.
ikea products were used in the set design of two operas, 'the bell' by gaetono donizzetti and 'gianni schicchi' by giacomo puccini at the teatro carlo felice in genoa, italy. the plays, one set in the victorian era and the other in the medieval times, show the diverse range of products found at the popular furniture manufacturer and retailer.
'the bell' takes place inside of the house of a newly-wed couple. along with the costumes and props, the chairs, tables and buffets communicate their location and social status. the flexible quality of the pieces allowed them to be moved and arranged by the actors, becoming a key component of the play.
"Lastly, design simplifies. We live in complexity, and there is nothing like using the sensibilities of design to unpack wicked problems. The data-storage company StorageTek used to have completely different parts for each of their different servers and data-storage product lines, mostly due to legacy issues and business unit independence. The design department created a common platform strategy using shared components--just as Toyota Highlanders and Sienna minivans share the same chassis platform. The move not only saved StorageTek millions of dollars in just a few years but was the environmentally responsible thing to do. Design simplifies and should enable reuse and ecological solutions."
"The interior design is quite minimal. The "beauty" of the space comes from the work that happens inside it: sketches, flow charts, Post-Its full of blue-sky ideas, new product concepts from raw idea to real formation. The space was intentionally left not-too-perfect, so people are encouraged to manipulate it, not be precious about it. It's intended to serve as a canvas for creative thinking. It's also very flexible and can quickly change from working studio to lecture room."
each 'aeroshot' contains 100 mg of caffeine, the same amount that is in a large cup of coffee. to use the device, one pulls on the lower, yellow-green section to extend it and inhales through the slit on the other end. pushing the sections back together closes the device, so that users can determine how much caffeine to intake at any given time (each 'aeroshot' offers six to eight 'puffs' in all, for the total of 100mg). liquid-free, the device bypasses TSA regulations for flight travel.
“Design Matters harnesses the power of online radio to communicate insights about design, great design minds, and the lives of designers,” said Bill Moggridge, director of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. “I’m thrilled that the public has chosen to honor it.” Millman, who recently completed a two-year term as national AIGA president, launched Design Matters as a radio show in 2005. Since then, she’s used the program to profile designers, artists, writers, and the odd Nobel Prize winner. We once made the mistake of listening to an episode featuring Brian Collins while jogging and ended up in a chuckling heap on the side of the road. Download Design Matters past and present here, and click below to watch First Lady Michelle Obama honor the National Design Award winners last month at the White House.
People are using Apple as a prime example of design being of vital importance to a company. You’ve missed the point. Apple is not a startup, they are a publicly-listed company that provides value to customers in a number of different ways, not just through good design. Your startup is not fucking Apple.Your startup is like Apple when Apple was a startup. When Apple was a startup they sold computers made of wood and nailed together in a garage. Apple wasn’t concerned with design when it was an early stage startup. Goal #1 was figuring out if people even gave a shit about compact personal computers. So they built computers, out of a garage, from wood, and sold them to people. Decades later, they created the iPod.Don’t compare your scrappy startup to Apple the publicly-listed company with superstar design team. That’s not how Apple started.
Toyota's Car Of The Future: This new concept car is a smart phone on wheels. It comes complete with touc screens, alterable interior and exterior designs, a sophisticated safety system, and a little hologram lady with a hat.
Here's an infographic showing the most popular design tools and design apps, along with some hidden gems. The info is based on a BestVendor survey of 180 design and creative professionals. Check it out!
5:30 PM, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1997 Computer Museum History Center Building 126 Moffett Field Mountain View, CA 94035
This is a verbatim transcript of a public lecture given on October 28, 1997.
"One of the constant tensions, and this was true on the Macintosh as well, especially because we had the benefit of the Lisa work before us, and some of the Lisa machines, the constant tension is that people who are designing are almost always by definition expert users, and will often overlook that what they think is obvious is not at all obvious to a novice user. And so there’s constantly the dilemma which you’ve seen historically in Mac system software, that the expert users want to put in the features they want to use, but the people who want to keep the system pure for the novices want to resist those, and if you’re lucky you get a system that is easy to approach for the novice, and gradually unfolds itself for the expert. And if you’re unlucky you get a lukewarm mediocrity between the two, where it’s a little too complex for the beginning user to understand, but still not nearly powerful enough for the expert user. And some of our designs, and some of the industry designs, have been gradually unfolding, and other have been just plain mediocre."
The renovation of parisian hotel 'la maison champs-elysées', was a collaboration between french fashion designer martin margiela and toulouse-based architect danièle darmon. we have previewed 'la maison champs-elysée' this past june when it opened to the public and in our most recent trip to paris, we stayed at the hotel. here are a few images of the rooms and suites ideated by margiela. hope you like it. we enjoyed the simple but sophisticated experience.
the hotel is situated in the ideal location between l'avenue montaigne and the grand palais. the building on rue jean goujon was once owned by duchess rivoli and turned into a hotel in the 1990s. the re-imagining took the original detailing reminiscent of the napoleon III era and modernized it using subtle ironies -- a signature of martin margie
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